You feel you’re NFL material, and all you want is a shot. Right?
If that’s the case, you need to get to the NFL Regional Combines (formerly known as the ELITE Scouting Combines… no connection to
(And no, I’m not getting paid to promote NFL Regional Combines, but I’ll take their donations, if they offer. Ha!)
Anyways, there’s a lot of crap out there; little cheezy, unorganized “scouting combines,” but this one is the real deal.
I went to their Super Regional Combine in Detroit earlier this year and I can tell you first-hand, that it was professionally done, and the atmosphere was that of the big Combine in Indy, minus the NFL Network analysts and cameras.
Players were issued workout gear that looked professional, and resembled the outfits I’ve seen players wear in Indy.
There was a section roped-off in the stands at Ford Field where scouts sat. The whole section was filled with scouts. And this is before it became the official supplemental combine for the big dog in Indy, so it’s possible that there will be even more scouts in-attendance now.
I swear wish this was in-place back when I came out of college.
What’s even better, is that regardless of whether or not you do well enough at the Regional events, and get invited to the Super Regional in Detroit, you’re going to be running on top-of-the-line surfaces.
All of the Regional combines are held at NFL practice facilities, except for the first one in San Diego, so there’s no excuses for bad 40 times.
I’ve heard some horror stories from players that have attended some of these off-brand “combines.” From terrible running surfaces, to scouts not showing up (even though they were “confirmed” to attend), some of these poor guys have really been through it. Not to mention the money they wasted on travel and lodging getting to these combines.
What I really like about NFL Regional Combine system, is that you don’t have to be fresh out of college to participate. You wouldn’t believe how many guys there are out here that were in NFL camps a just few years back, but got cut, and never really got a second shot to prove their worth in front of NFL staff again.
In my opinion though, the guys that can benefit the most from the NFL Regionals are those that were standouts at small schools, that just finished their last seasons of college ball.
Traditionally, most of these guys don’t get invited to the Big Combine in Indy, or to a bigger school’s Pro Day, so they don’t get to perform in-front of NFL scouts.
The NFL Regional’s give these kinds of players an opportunity to do just that.
And it gets even better for players that fall in this category… Keep in mind that the Super Regional in Detroit takes place on March 30th and 31st.
Why is that important?
I’ll get into that in part 2. I gotta run for now.
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